VIEW FROM HERE-Let's get real. Trump does not care about the federal government.

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DOES TRUTH MATTER?--"Almost everything we believe comes from other people," Cailin O'Connor says. As America struggles against the phenomenon of fake news  -- with its frightening ability to fracture our society and degrade our democracy—our first impulse is often to decry the reasoning skills of our fellow citizens.

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WHERE’S THE BACK UP PLAN?-The Donald Trump legal team has been notably unable to escape from the shadow of its client. At every step of the way, otherwise professional lawyers start to act like the bombastic, reckless President that they are trying to keep out of prison or historical infamy.

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WORLD WATCH--The six Western Balkan countries —Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Albania, are “state captured” by corrupt politicians, linked with organized crime.

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MY TURN-Hmm. Praise of dictators, campaign sexual harassment, sexist comments, socialist or nothing, adoration of Russia, Sandanista support, belief that cancer is psychosomatic? 

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GUEST WORDS--“History,” as Mark Twain reputedly remarked, “doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” As we flip the calendar to a new year, Donald Trump would be well-advised to take careful heed of Twain’s maxim.

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